The Most Common Sources of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Your home environment may be contributing to the itching and scratching your dog or cat is doing.
Like humans, dogs and cats can develop allergies to different things in their environment. Some of our customers have told us stories about their pets developing skin irritations, itchy and runny eyes, sneezing, and coughing. One dog’s chewing was so severe that he had a bald spot on his back from biting his fur.
Learning what is causing your pet’s allergies and treating their symptoms offers instant relief. The following things may be making your pet’s allergies worse.
The foods that you’re feeding your dog or cat.
Some animals have food sensitivities. They must eat a special diet void of certain ingredients that trigger allergy attacks. A veterinarian runs several different tests on your dog or cat to see what specifically they cannot eat. You can then read product ingredient lists to make sure that you’re not buying food that contains the allergy-producing substance in it.
There are websites and phone apps you can consult for more information about what goes into the foods that you feed your dog and cat. The FDA has up-to-date product recalls, too, that you can refer to. That way, you can spare your pet from illness.
The products you’re using to keep your house and laundry clean.
The substances you clean your home and laundry with can cause your pet to develop skin issues. Whenever possible, choose all-natural, fragrance-free products to use around your residence. Better yet, use ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Good Housekeeping offers twenty-two suggestions for using baking soda to clean with.
Fleas or other parasites are to blame.
Fleas, heartworms, ear mites, ticks, and hook worms are among the many different parasites that feast on animals’ bodies. Most of the conditions need to be treated by a veterinarian who prescribes medications to reduce swelling and inflammation. If you find that your pet is scratching a lot when he or she gets home, apply Corigem spray to soothe the red, itchy skin. You could use Corigem balm or cream instead but make sure to put on a pair of gloves before touching your pet’s skin as some infections spread to humans.
Cigarette smoke exposure sometimes causes breathing problems in pets.
Cats, especially those who are overweight can develop asthma when exposed to secondhand smoke. WebMD reports that this is one cause of pet allergies. If you smoke or live with someone else who does, try smoking outdoors so that the nicotine doesn’t build-up inside the home.
Your dog or cat may be allergic to things found in your home. It’s likely the reason for their itching and scratching. Finding out what is causing the skin care issues bothering your dog or cat helps you eliminate the problem at its source. That way you won’t be stuck treating the rash or skin irritation long-term because it will clear up on its own.
Corigem products speed up healing time. They reduce inflammation and the appearance of scars caused by breaks in the skin. The products that are offered, Corigem Spray, Corigem Balm, and Corigem Cream are 100% steroid free making them the safest options available to use to treat your dog or cat’s allergy-related skin problem.